Pests are uninvited guests that can be annoying, troublesome and sometimes harmful. Also, the damage they cause can be economically destructive as well. A coding moth on apples or boll weevil on cotton is best examples for an economically destructive pest.
On the other hand, pests such as mosquitoes and rats acting as the vector for infectious pathogens can come in direct contact with humans and cause much harm. Professionals who deal with pest are called pest control operators. Now the million dollar question is? How to find a good pest control operator’? Let’s review some tips and try to find answers to our question.
Reputation and referral
As with any business, the reputation speaks for itself in pest control industry as well. It is better to hire a pest to control operator who comes along with a good reputation and whom you came to know through word of mouth from a good Samaritan, or a neighbor next door than going with a pest control operator who came knocking our door with a sales pitch.
Not to mention the freedom that you have to ask your neighbor all the different types of questions that you have in your mind related to pest control such as fee, safety and after sales service, etc. But at this stage, we are only evaluating few pest control operators and not finalizing any one operator.
Now that we have a list of operators, we need to carefully evaluate these list of pest control operators based on various parameters. The first among these parameters is customer service of the operator. The pest control operator that we are going to hire should be knowledgeable enough to understand our questions and concerns that we may have about pest management and address them patiently.
At this stage, to have a first-hand experience, it is advisable to speak with each of these operators to evaluate their knowledge on pest control management as well as to experience the quality of their customer service.
Price is another important and deciding factor while selecting a good pest control operator. One might wonder as to why this requires a special mention here considering the factor that anyone would choose an operator who quotes the lesser price. However, it is not the right approach. While enquiring the details related to price, we also need to gather information related to the terms of the contract, a number of visits the operator will pay to the property and the area he is going to cover for the quoted price.
At this point, we need to carefully review the area estimate provided by the pest control operator lest he may underestimate the area in an attempt to undercut a competitor.
At this stage, the list will not have more than 3-4 operators, and with our final evaluation parameters, we can zero in on a single pest control operator. Pesticides contain a lot of harmful chemicals. But there is no need for panic as there are safer alternatives available as replacement for harmful chemicals.
However, these replacements come with limitations in their effectiveness to control the pest. So, we need to enquire with the selected operators about the combination they use while controlling pest and eliminate few from the list based on our likes, dislikes, and any known allergies within a family with the chemicals the pest control company is using.
It is also better to go with pest control tacoma it has an affiliation with a professional association such as the Virginia Pest Management Association.
There is no doubt that managing pest and hiring a pest control operator is a daunting task. However, a meticulous planning followed by careful evaluation of pest control operators with the help of the above list, we can bid goodbye to the uninvited guests.